A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".
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Frances Mayes is a San Francisco based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling in writing her latest book. Her outwardly perfect and stable life takes a turn when her husband files for divorce as he wants to marry the woman with who he is having an affair, the infidelity and marital problem of which Frances was unaware. As Frances was supporting him as he was writing his own book, he sues for alimony despite Frances not being wealthy herself. And he wants to keep the house. Frances eventually accepts her best friend Patti's offer of a vacation, a gay tour of Tuscany which Patti and her lesbian partner Grace originally purchased for themselves before Patti found out that she is pregnant. The gift is a means to escape dealing with the divorce, from which Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention. Feeling that Patti's assessment may be correct in that she has too much emotional baggage ever to return to San Francisco, ... Written by
Every time a group of nuns is seen on screen, they are eating: first at the market, then sitting on a terrace and finally during the wedding. See more »
When Signor Martini is next to the fireplace telling Frances about the train tracks through the mountains, the matchbox behind him moves around the top of the fire place. See more »
Do you know the most surprising thing about divorce? It doesn't actually kill you. Like a bullet to the heart or a head-on car wreck. It should. When someone you've promised to cherish till death do you part says "I never loved you," it should kill you instantly. You shouldn't have to wake up day after day after that, trying to understand how in the world you didn't know. The light just never went on, you know. I must have known, of course, but I was too scared to see the truth. Then fear just ...
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Arguably one of the most beautiful women currently working in Hollywood, Diane Lane takes on the role of Frances, a recently divorced writer who is convinced by her friends to get out of Los Angeles for awhile and take a trip to Italy. Desiring to start a new life and do something drastic, she buys a villa there, and the rest of the film follows her as she rebuilds the villa (which is used as a metaphor for her life). Set against the beautiful Tuscan countryside, every shot in this film is vibrant with colors and life, convincingly establishing that this is where life for Frances needs to be. Along with the countryside comes a rich culture, which is explored with great respect by director Wells. The characters Frances encounters around town are funny and quirky, but are portrayed as people, not comic relief. The way they act is simply how they are; they're not trying to be funny or quirky. Wells captured the essence of Italy perfectly, and it is a shame that the rest of the movie was quite terrible. The dialogue was forced, Diane Lane did not carry this picture well, and the interaction between principal characters seemed artificial and made the viewer feel like they were watching a movie, not a woman trying to rebuild her life. I don't think it was Lane's fault, however, possibly poor direction or possibly just the awful script, but I cared a lot more about the scenery than her. Take out the dialogue and this film would play perfectly as a travel video for Tuscany, unfortunately that is about all it adds up to. Rating: 15/40
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